Cairns HHS Board takes fall for incompetent Health Minister

19 Sep 2016 2:00 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The Cairns Hospital and Health Service Board has taken the fall for a Health Minister more interested becoming Treasurer than taking responsibility for his portfolio.


Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the latest health crisis showed the Palaszczuk Labor Government had no idea how to run the state’s multi-billion dollar health system.


“Cairns Hospital has been run into the ground after the largely Labor appointed board blew its budget by $20 million last year, on top of a forecast deficit of almost $80 million this year,” Mr Langbroek said.


“We saw the board fall on their sword today, taking the hit instead for the incompetent and under-performing Health Minister.


“Minister Dick must release the Ernst and Young report in full and explain to the people of Cairns why he has failed to act until now.”


Mr Langbroek said the people of Cairns deserved much better than what they were currently getting under this Labor Government.


“It has already been revealed Labor plans on cutting 247 staff at Cairns Hospital as part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s “financial turn-around plan” which was foreshadowed in this year’s budget,” he said.


“Yet the Queensland Nurses’ Union has gone silent on this.


“How many more people will lose their jobs because of Labor’s mismanagement of the Cairns health system?


“Labor has form on the board when it comes to health blowouts, with the Fake Tahitian Prince and the payroll bungle under Anna Bligh topping the list.


“Minister Dick needs to take responsibility for his portfolio and for the mess Labor has been created under his watch.”


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